SCF Hosts MLK Day of Service Recognition Dinner

(Bradenton, Fla., March 1, 2016) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld recognized the hard work of coordinators and volunteers who participated in the 2016 MLK Day of Service at a dinner Monday, Feb. 15, at SCF Bradenton.

State College of Florida awarded $141,634 for 35 community projects as part of the communitywide 2016 MLK Day of Service. SCF received funding from the Florida Legislature, with help from State Rep. Darryl Rouson, to provide opportunities for Manatee and Sarasota counties' community organizations to complete service projects in Florida District 70 and participate in the nationwide effort to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service on the federal holiday.

The mission of the MLK Day of Service is to engage communities in transforming the holiday into a day of citizen participation and volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. The goal is to encourage community organizations to develop and complete projects that positively impact the community.

Among the organizations that received grant money are:

Habitat for Humanity received $5,000 for a revitalization project including the painting of a home in Washington Park in Bradenton. The goal was to unite residents around the revitalization efforts in the community. Habitat has been involved with these types of projects since 2010, providing repairs and rehab of houses in local communities, thereby expanding the reach to veterans, the elderly and disabled homeowners. Habitat has been successful in providing safe and secure housing for more than 250 children. Volunteers included students from SCF’s Collegiate School. 

The Bradenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was awarded $4,138 for its project aimed at high school students, an “ACT Boot Camp.” The premise is the belief that “opportunity without access is not real opportunity.” The project seeks to carry out the mission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through a partnership with Rogers Community United Methodist Church, an organization that, at 112 years old, is one of the oldest African-American churches in Manatee County. College entrance exams are required for admission to most universities and colleges throughout the country. In Manatee County, the ACT test is used to provide a score for students who have not passed the FCAT and therefore cannot be awarded a standard diploma. The goal for the “ACT Boot Camp” is to provide effective test-taking and essay-writing strategies for improving ACT scores. Members of the sorority brought in a representative from Princeton Review to help students with tips and strategies for taking the ACT.

State College of Florida Diversity/Multicultural Awareness Committee received $4,933 and helped landscape the front entrance and improve parking lot safety at the Roy McBean Boys and Girls Club in Newtown in Sarasota. Leading the efforts were members of the committee and Boys and Girls Club. Volunteers weeded landscaped areas and planted Florida-friendly, low-maintenance foliage. In addition, the safety of students walking through the parking lot was a concern because many cars use the lot as a shortcut. The traffic gate was replaced to close off the area to through traffic, and six speed bumps were installed to slow cars and encourage safe driving.

Newtown Nation was awarded $1,920 for the first farmers market in Newtown. The community is designated as a “fresh food desert,” meaning there is limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This project is coming to fruition after years of work and planning with the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County School District.

The other 31 community organizations receiving grant monies were:

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota, Boys & Girls Club Of Palmetto, Brotherhood of Men, Daughtrey Elementary School, Diamondz In The Rough, Educational Consultants Consortium, Eternity Temple, Florida Studio Theatre, Full Focus Photography, Manasota Pan-Hellenic Council, Manatee County Black Chamber of Commerce, Manatee County Friends of Extension, Manatee County Master Gardeners, Manatee Elementary School, Manatee NAACP, Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Multicultural Health Institute, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Occupy Bradenton, Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School, Ortygia Restaurant, Palmetto Youth Center, Project Read Together, Rose’s Buds, Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi, Southeast High School Boys Basketball Team, Ss. Peter and Paul The Apostles Conference St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. John’s First Baptist Institutional Church, The Five Pearls of Excellence and Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church.   

For more information on the MLK Day of Service, contact Rodney Jones at

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